Friday, December 21, 2012

Macklemore + "Best of Music 2012" in this week's Seattle Gay News

The end of the world didn't happen, after all.  But the end of the year is inevitable.  This means one thing, it's time for Seattle Gay News to present its usual round-up of the year's top picks in musical entertainment.

Our "Best of Music 2012" issue prints today with local distribution throughout Seattle, and will go online this weekend at Joining us for this special year-end music spread is Macklemore, who shares with us his personal favorite album of 2012, his holiday plans, his reaction to gay marriage passage in Washington State, and he also chimes in on that all-too-important local foodie war, Top Pot Doughnut vs. Cupcake Royale.

Macklemore, who appeared on the Ellen show with fellow collaborator Ryan Lewis and featured vocalist Mary Lambert, has been selling out concerts around the country, and will soon perform in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand.  His album, The Heist, debuted at #2 on Billboard's 200 Albums chart and at #1 on iTunes' albums chart a few months ago.

Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News this weekend to find out what we picked for the "Best of Music 2012", and read our exclusive interview with hometown hip-hop star Macklemore.   

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christina Aguilera interviews with Seattle Gay News

We loves us some Christina Aguilera.  And she loves us right back.

The four-time Grammy winner and star judge on the hit reality competition show "The Voice" interviews tomorrow with Seattle Gay News.  Aguilera, who corresponded with us via email, talks about her brand new album, Lotus, and about juggling multiple tasks, including motherhood and a possible upcoming tour. 

With the gay marriage initiative passing in Washington State a week ago, aside from 3 other US states, we asked Aguilera what tunes she'd play if she were to DJ at a gay wedding reception - find out what two songs she'd definitely spin for the occasion.  A strong ally of the LGBT community, the bilingual recording artist also affirms that she will "ALWAYS" support her gay fans.

Lotus is available now.  The first single "Your Body" is already a solid hit in multiple countries.  Watch the video here:

Aguilera is set to perform this weekend on the American Music Awards, but catch her two days before in the November 16 edition of Seattle Gay News.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Seattle Gay News flying on ANA "Dreamliner" today to Tokyo

It's the beginning of something very exciting, and we're on board to capture all the action!

Seattle Gay News joins a small press corps today for an experience aboard All Nippon Airways' inaugural Seattle-to-Tokyo 787 flight.  The Japanese-based airline launched non-stop service between the two cities in July, but has been utilizing a 777 aircraft for the 10.5 hour flight (outbound, from Seattle).  At 1:15pm this afternoon, ANA will send its first passengers to Tokyo on a 787 "Dreamliner", which is mostly made of carbon fiber and other composite materials.  ANA is the first airline to receive and put the "Dreamliner" into active service.

Look for a review of the flight experience in an upcoming issue of Seattle Gay News, which this year has published feature destinations on Tokyo and Osaka.  For more on ANA, go to

Friday, September 21, 2012

Shirley Manson interviews with Seattle Gay News

Bold and the Beautiful?  You're looking at it.

Shirley Manson is so many things.  Sexy, smart, sophisticated and strong.  All "s" words, we know.  Let's add 'star' to this list because the frontwoman for Grammy-nominated act Garbage is certainly a well-recognized face and name in rock music.

Manson speaks with Seattle Gay News in our September 21 issue about gay marriage, her shoe collection, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, and her band's current tour, which lands at The Showbox SoDo on September 26.  Go to for ticket information. 

Grab a copy of the SGN this weekend at many locations in metro Seattle, or read us online at

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vancouver BC's The Burrard provides excellent location for Madonna weekend

Seattle welcomes the Material Girl for back-to-back nights the first week of October, but Vancouver BC gets her the weekend before - Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30.

If you're heading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics host city for either Madonna, or another pop legend, Barbra Streisand on October 29, you definitely want to consider the very gay-friendly and convenient The Burrard ( for your crashing pad, a favorite of Seattle Gay News.

This landmark motor inn has undergone several transformations over the years, but it seems comfortable with its newest identity, that of a hip, urban boutique hotel.  The 72-room property is skipping distance to Vancouver's petite gay district on Davie Street and it's 4 to 5 blocks from the nearest SkyTrain station that will deliver you to Rogers Arena in just two stops.  You can walk to the venue in about 20 minutes, but I'd save those legs for the show because Madge's set list is loaded with dance numbers. 

New to The Burrard, in the past few months, is the opening of its cafe, Betty.  The lobby-situated eatery is a great place to start out your day with a cup of cofee, or kick off your evening with a glass of wine.  Snacks and light meals are also on Betty's menu.

The rooms at The Burrard, comparable in design to Seattle's Ace Hotel or Portland's Jupiter Hotel, are a mix of a basic, clean look and chic, cool feel - imagine a Trekkie in a pair of skinny jeans.  Simple in decor, almost entirely in white with drapes and bed covers in a soft color palate, plus modern amenities from flatscreen TVs to reasonably-sized workdesks to natural bath amenities, each room is sophisticated yet understated at this four-story hotel. 

Guests are privileged to free bike rentals, and parking per night is just $20.  Rooms (King, Queen, Queen Plus, Twin) begin at $161.00 (CAD) for Madonna weekend (online reservation only).  Prices may vary in late October when Babs lands in Vancouver.  For more information, call The Burrard or visit its website.    

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bob Mould interviews with Seattle Gay News

You might know him from Husker Du.  Or, from his days with the band Sugar.  Or, as an independent singer-songwriter whose released a string of solo albums dating back to 1989.  Or, perhaps you caught him performing "Dear Rosemary" live with the Foo Fighters, a song he collaborated on with the group on their Grammy-winning album Wasting Light.

All of this points to one man, Bob Mould.

The rock musician, who is openly gay and proudly associates himself with the bear community, is well respected in his field by fellow musicians, some of whom he inspired early in their careers - Dave Grohl among them.

Mould is currently touring his latest solo recording, Silver Age, that includes a stop at The Showbox Market in Seattle on September 18.  Visit for ticket information.  He speaks with Seattle Gay News in this week's edition (out today, September 14) about the new album, his tour, Nirvana, and lists some of his favorite female musicians.

Grab a copy of the SGN this weekend at any number of bars or coffeeshops in Seattle, or read it online tomorrow morning at, and get familiar with Bob Mould.

Photo credit: Merge Records

Monday, September 10, 2012

Green Day picks Seattle for tour launch

Multiple Grammy-winning band Green Day, one of rock music's strongest LGBT community supporters, will open their upcoming North American tour in Seattle.

The band - vocalist/guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tre Cool - are hitting the road in support of their album trilogy, Green Day Uno!, Green Day Dos! and Green Day Tres!, set to be released between September 2012 and January 2013.

Green Day will perform November 26 at the more intimate Paramount Theatre, in comparison to Key Arena, where they opened 2009's "21st Century Breakdown Tour".  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 (noon), although fan club members can purchase them two days prior by registering at  Fans who buy tickets online will receive one free digital download of Green Day Uno!

Grab a copy of this Friday's Seattle Gay News, or "like" us on Facebook (, for more updates on Green Day.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Seattle Gay News confirms Lady GaGa concert date in January

Mama Monster is coming back.

Pop icon Lady GaGa has announced plans to bring "The Born This Way Ball" stateside early in 2013, which includes a January 14 date at the Tacoma Dome.

This will be the Grammy winner's second appearance at the Tacoma Dome, the concert site of 2010's "The Monster Ball Tour".  Seattle Gay News reviewed both that performance and Lady GaGa's earlier appearance at The Showbox Market.

Lady GaGa, who has interviewed twice with Seattle Gay News, opened her latest tour in Asia and Australia this spring.  Her show in Jakarta, Indonesia was canceled due to religious protests.

SGN is awaiting ticket information for the January 14 event. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Minus the Bear to play intimate show tonight, proceeds to benefit gay marriage campaign

Indie pop-rock band Minus the Bear will introduce fans tonight to songs from their new album, Infinity Overhead, which releases tomorrow.

The Seattle-based group, known nationally and overseas, will perform at Comet Tavern (922 East Pike), a small rock bar in our city's Capitol Hill district.  Proceeds from tonight's performance will be matched and donated to Washington United for Marriage, a campaign to have gay marriage legalized in the Evergreen State in November.

Doors open at 9pm.  No advance tickets will be available, so arrive early.  $10 admission is payable at the door.  Helms Alee is scheduled to open the concert.

Minus the Bear also plays a free in-store gig at Easy Street Records (20 Mercer Street) in Seattle tomorrow, August 28, starting at 7pm. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cheyenne Jackson interviews with Seattle Gay News

He acts in films, he acts on television, he acts on Broadway, he sings, and he writes songs for himself and other artists.  There isn't much Cheyenne Jackson doesn't do.

The openly gay performer is currently filming Steven Soderbergh's Liberace movie (Behind the Candelabra), which also includes Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Rob Lowe and Dan Ackroyd.  This follows an NBC pilot he recently completed and a pair of indie films he starred in this year, Price Check and Lola Versus.

Jackson, a former Seattle resident, also released two music singles, "Drive" and "Before You" that will appear on an as-yet-titled EP or full-length album. 

In the midst of a very busy schedule, Jackson spoke to Seattle Gay News from his New York City home.  The interview is part of our newest weekly issue, August 3.  Grab a print copy in the metro Seattle area or look for it online at as early as August 4.

Here is the link to Cheyenne Jackson's video for his single "Before You":

Friday, July 27, 2012

ANA kicks off daily Seattle-Tokyo service

Konichiwa, Seattle!

ANA (All Nippon Airways) launched its daily Seattle-Tokyo service on July 25 with an afternoon reception at Sea-Tac International Airport that included a welcoming speech by Governor Christine Gregoire.  The hour-long event also featured a performance by Kaze Daiko, a traditional Japanese drum ensemble based in Seattle.  Authentic sushi and sake were served to guests, who ranged from local politicians to media representatives to inaugural flight passengers.

The new ANA service increases the number of non-stop flights to four from Sea-Tac to Japan.  Delta flies to both Tokyo and Osaka, while United has one daily offering to the Japanese capital.  Governor Gregoire called it a "vital link between Japan and Washington", acknowledging a strong trade/export relationship between the Asian country and our state, such as wine, apples and coffee (Tully's and Zoka coffee shops are now located within Japan).

Seattle becomes the 7th US gateway city for ANA, which also flies out of Los Angeles, Washington DC, Honolulu, New York City, San Francisco and Chicago.  In 2013, San Jose will be added.  Company Senior Executive Vice President Keisuke Okada stated that the idea to make ANA an international airline competitor was initially planted here in Seattle when he attended a small conference hosted by Boeing many years ago.

ANA will operate a two-cabin 777-300ER to Tokyo until October, when it then switches to the heavily buzzed (and delayed) 787 Dreamliner.  Currently, the departure flight leaves Sea-Tac at 1:15pm with arrival time at Narita International Airport at 3:45pm the following day.  The return flight departs Japan at 5:25pm and lands in Seattle at 10:55am the same day.  Total flight time to/from each city is about 10.5 hours.

Tokyo is an amazing destination with an up and coming gay scene that already thrives with dozens of bars in the Shinjuku Ni-chome and Shinbashi districts, and a few others scattered in nearby areas.  Seattle Gay News' special Pride travel section, in the June 15 issue (online at, featured a cover piece on Tokyo.  A separate travel feature on Osaka will print in September, followed by one on Kyoto soon thereafter. 

For those business and leisure travelers planning trips to Japan and/or Asia, know that ANA is a Star Alliance member and your earned miles can be credited to your United or US Airways accounts.  For more information, go to 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jay Brannan interviews with Seattle Gay News

You know him from Shortbus.  He played the adorable Ceth.  You might also recognize him from another indie film, the gay-themed Holding Trevor.

Balancing an acting and music career, openly gay artist Jay Brannan is featured in an upcoming interview with Seattle Gay News.  The Texas-born performer is currently touring the US in support of his newest album Rob Me Blind, which delivers him to Seattle next weekend.  He's already played a series of dates this year in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel and Australia.

Brannan talks about his experience working on the cult movie Shortbus, his songwriting process, and tells us which song by a big female pop star he recently downloaded onto his MP3 player. 

If interested in seeing Brannan live in Seattle, scheduled at The Crocodile on August 2, go to   For a complete list of remaining tour dates through the month of August and other news, visit

Jay Brannan's interview with Seattle Gay News prints on Friday, July 27.  Grab a copy at any number of businesses in the metro Seattle area this weekend, or view it online at when the new edition is uploaded Saturday morning.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Jason Mraz in Hawaii: It couldn't have been better

Though it was an abbreviated performance of his completed Asian tour leg, Jason Mraz's show in Honolulu last weekend was undoubtedly wonderful.

It was packed at the Waikiki Shell, an amphitheater located on one end of the city's busiest district and the Aloha State's largest tourist area.  The weather that day was super hot, producing a beautiful warm night with the slightest of breezes.  The Pacific Ocean is a five-minute walk from 'the Shell'.

Mraz played a mellow, and sometimes jumpy, set that included "Bella Luna", "Lucky", "Only Human", "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)", "The Freedom Song", "Frank D. Fixer", and "You and I Both".  The best song was probably "Living in the Moment", and if you haven't heard it live yet you need to. 

A vast portion of the show was taped for an E! series called "Opening Act", in which big name artists choose an unknown supporting act to open one of their concerts.  Mraz chose a singer named Jono (if we're spelling that correctly), who hails from Colorado.  Jono performed two songs twice before the headlining act went on stage, and then joined Mraz for two numbers during his set. 

With bushy hair, that he apologized for, and an untrimmed beard Mraz could've easily been mistaken for a beach bum.  But he's still in great shape, and his voice has really matured - it's soulful with a wider range.  

Many fans in the audience excitedly shouted out "I love you" and other greetings throughout the concert, which actually clocked in at around two hours.  At one point, Mraz told everyone to extend their enthusiasm to people they might come across in their daily lives, "like that barista who makes you a dynamite latte".

The first half of Mraz's performance was a little on the tranquil side, yet the second half was livelier as he asked fans to sing along to "I'm Yours" and interacted a bit more with the audience.  He had a full band with him, including a three-piece brass section and a side vocalist/violinist.

There were times when the cameramen running around for E! created a distraction.  From where I was seated, in the row directly behind Jono's family, it got annoying. 

Seattle Gay News didn't get a chance to meet up with Jason Mraz in Honolulu, as he was mostly occupied in his few days there recording snippets for the TV show.  But we did connect with members of his management team, who assured us that he's looking forward to his upcoming North American tour that begins next month (contrary to what we said earlier that the Hawaii show was the kickoff date, our apologies). 

Mraz will play The Gorge Amphitheatre on September 22, and Seattle Gay News is hoping to cover the concert.  We'll do our best to connect with Mraz before the show, if he's available.  Read a full review of the Honolulu performance in Friday's issue (July 6) in the SGN.  And to the Jason Mraz fans who strolled into Hula's gay bar after the show, it was great meeting you!

* Our apologies for the bad photo, we're still getting used to our iPhone camera.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Seattle Gay News heads to Hawaii for Jason Mraz's North American tour kickoff

Aloha, Jason Mraz!

When the two-time Grammy winner descends to the Hawaiian island of Oahu this weekend, Seattle Gay News will be there to welcome him. 

Mraz will open his North American tour at Honolulu's Waikiki Shell on July 1, coming directly from Asia, where he wowed audiences in Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.  The Hawaii date begins a four month-long itinerary around the US and Canada, followed by a European jaunt late in 2012.

Love is a Four Letter Word is the latest release from Mraz, a longtime LGBT community ally and dear friend of Seattle Gay News - he's interviewed with us three times, going back to 2003 when he was a just a pup.  Since then, we've reviewed his concerts in various settings from The Crocodile to the 5th Avenue Theatre to the observation deck at the Space Needle.

The Waikiki Shell is located at the far end of Waikiki Beach, inside Kapiolani Park and across from the city's zoo.  Those unable to squeeze into the amphitheater-like venue, which has reserved seating and a spacious lawn for general admission, will often picnic outside the Shell as the sound easily drifts beyond the enclosed quarters.  The concert venue is also within a ten-minute walk from Honolulu's premiere gay bar, Hula's ( 

Some tickets may still be available for the show, so visit for information.  

Look for a brief wrap-up of Jason Mraz's performance right here on this blog, sometime next Monday or Tuesday.  And, a full review of the Honolulu show will be in next week's issue of Seattle Gay News. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seattle Gay News publishes summer travel issue

Want to see the world?  Start with some inspiration and tips from Seattle Gay News.

We recently made transpacific and transatlantic journeys to Asia and Europe, respectively, and found amazing places to eat, drink, relax and visit.  Specifically, our travels took us to Tokyo - one of the largest cities on the entire planet - and to Brussels, the Belgian capital with only 145,000 residents in its city core area.  Both destinations really wowed us. 

Similar treks were made within the US and the Pacific Northwest  to New Orleans, Portland (Oregon) and Port Ludlow.

Whether you're looking to get away for just a weekend or an entire 7-day adventure, you might find some ideas in our newest travel issue now online:

From us to you, have the greatest summer!

Pictured: Downtown in Portland, Oregon (courtesy of Travel Portland)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rhett Miller interviews with Seattle Gay News

Back off, he's taken.

Handsome rock star Rhett Miller is spoken for.  Plus, two little ones running around at home.  But on the bright side, he's one of the nicest guys on the music scene who gives a resounding "Hell yes!" to gay marriage.

Miller, both a solo artist and group leader for Old 97's, has a brand new album out entitled The Dreamer and is touring nationally to promote it.  His itinerary includes a performance next week in Seattle (June 22, The Crocodile).  His live sets are said to include music from the just-released album, Old 97s catalog favorites, and songs from 2002's The Instigator.

Seattle Gay News caught up with the native Texan this week, and he provided us with tidbits on The Dreamer and his touring band, his favorite memories of playing in the Emerald City (a famous comedian once stripped at his show), and he expands on his approval for same-sex marriage.  He also tells us what goes into his suitcase when heading out for a big tour.

Our interview with Rhett Miller prints Friday, June 15.  Grab a print copy tomorrow in the Seattle metro area, or look for it online at over the weekend.  

For more on this artist, go to And, for details on his Seattle concert, visit

Photo credit: Big Hassle Media

Tokyo through the eyes of Seattle Gay News

It's one of the largest cities in the entire world.  It's a place with incredible history, arts & culture, cuisine, and believe it or not, a thriving gay scene.

Tokyo is a focal point of Seattle Gay News' upcoming Summer Travel issue.  We spent hours walking the streets of this massive city, spending a night at the famous Park Hyatt Tokyo (where the Oscar-winning movie Lost in Translation was filmed) and roaming through an all-men's shopping mall.  Of course, we also scoped out the growing gay area of Shinjuku Ni-chome.

There are so many things to see and do in Tokyo, and though it is pricey, there are some options that require little to no money, such as visiting the Imperial Palace, strolling through Yoyogi Park, or having a cup of Starbucks coffee across from the Shibuya train station to see hundreds of people criss-crossing each other in what locals call "the scramble" (featured in another Academy Award-winning film Babel).

If you've always been fascinated with Tokyo, or Japan in general, we invite you to grab a copy of Seattle Gay News tomorrow (June 15) and gather some ideas/tips on where to stay, what gay bars to dance and/or drink at, and where to go shopping.  We even included information on the country's first-ever gay tour company.  Our special travel section will go online this weekend, or soon thereafter, at

For more information on Japan, go to  

Pictured: Hankyu Men's (shopping mall)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Explore Brussels with Seattle Gay News

It's a city sometimes overlooked by European visitors, who make a beeline for Paris and London.  But the city of Brussels is just too beautiful and fun to ignore when traveling overseas.

Seattle Gay News spent four days in the Belgian capital recently, soaking up as much of the culture, gay nightlife, attractions and incredible food as we could.  What's great about Brussels is its size, home to only 145,000 people (within the city proper boundaries), making it super easy to navigate around day or night.

One of the gay-friendliest and safest destinations in Europe, Brussels' centralized location allows for a perfect overnight or weekend excursion when visiting other nearby places. 

In our upcoming Summer Travel issue (Pride edition, June 15), we'll provide information on how to get to Belgium from Seattle, where to stay and recommendations on terrific local restaurants and gay bars.  It will also be available online at shortly after June 15.

If you've never been to Brussels before, get a glimpse of it with Seattle Gay News next week!

Pictured: Lobby of Le Meridien Brussels. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brandi Carlile interviews with Seattle Gay News, performs free tonight

She's the voice behind that General Motors TV commercial.  And, she's a gifted singer-songwriter who just performed on the same stage, same night as Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.

Brandi Carlile, a Seattle area-based artist, has gradually built a solid fan base from scratch.  She literally went knocking on doors at the start of her career, asking club owners if they'd let her play at their bars.  It paid off, as she's now signed to a major record label and has recently made the late-night talk show rounds.

Carlile gets into the Pride spirit this year with a one-on-one interview with Seattle Gay News, printing on June 22 in our special Pride Arts edition.  In the interview, she discusses her memories of attending and performing at Seattle Pride, recent concerts she saw that blew her away, and tells us why she thinks it's important that fellow entertainers come out when they're ready to.

To celebrate the release of her new album, Bear Creek, Carlile is giving a free in-store performance at Easy Street Records (20 Mercer Street, Queen Anne store) tonight beginning at 8pm.  Look for Bear Creek on iTunes or your favorite music shop.

And be sure to grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on June 22, featuring Brandi Carlile. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Don't miss: Shemekia Copeland at Jazz Alley this weekend

Yes, the skies are gloomy and the air is balmy.  Yes, the rent is due.

But you can't miss one of the best blues vocalists in the biz-ness.  We're talking about Shemekia Copeland, who performs this weekend at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley,

Seattle Gay News first felt the mighty presence of Copeland at the 2003 Bumbershoot Festival, when the acclaimed songwriter-performer was hand-plucked by Bonnie Raitt to join her for a "Tribute to Rhythm & Blues" that also featured another female powerhouse, Ruth Brown.  It was a divine evening, to say the least.

On Copeland's debut album, Turn Up the Heat!, she was preaching to the choir when she wailed on songs like "Has Anybody Seen My Man?", "Salt in My Wounds" and "I Always Get My Man".  Sister, we can relate.

"When a Woman's Had Enough", "It's 2am", "Ghetto Child" and  "Wild, Wild Woman" are a few more gems to flourish from Copeland's professional recording career, nearing a fifteen-year anniversary.  Turn Up the Heat! came out in 1998.

The winner of 7 W.C. Handy Awards and "Queen of the Blues" titleholder, as crowned by the daughter of its predecessor Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland will be performing 5 sets this weekend - 7:30pm and 9:30pm tonight and tomorrow night, and one show on Sunday evening at 7:30pm.  Her four-person band is comprised of Arthur Neilson (guitar), Kenneth “Willie” Scandlyn (guitar), Kevin Jenkins (bass) and Morris Roberts Schonhorn (drums).  

Her most recent album of original material was 2009's Never Going Back.  Some of the songs from that release might be played during her Seattle run, though she'll likely pepper her set lists with music from all of her recordings.  

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is located in downtown Seattle with a fully-operational restaurant and bar.  The venue is intimate and sunken-level, the ambiance is polished and inviting.  Their seasonal menu now features Washington halibut, Columbia River salmon, and Yakima-grown asparagus.  

Shemekia Copeland is not to be ignored this weekend here in Seattle.  This is a woman whose opened for the Rolling Stones, whose shared the stage with B.B. King, whose headlined some of the biggest and baddest blues festivals.  So, come get your blues fix!

Look for a review of Shemekia Copeland in next week's issue of Seattle Gay News (June 8).  Go to for reservations, or call (206) 441-9729. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gossip interviews with Seattle Gay News

Gossip has never sounded this good.

And by Gossip, we're referring to the alternative rock band whose hit single "Heavy Cross" wails in the background of the J'adore Dior's TV commercial as Charlize Theron comes strutting down the runway.

The group, rooted in the Northwest, returns to the music scene with a new album, A Joyful Noise (in stores now), and single "Perfect World".  Watch the video for "Perfect World" here:

Hannah Billie, drummer of Gossip, spoke with Seattle Gay News this week from New York City, where the band celebrated the release of A Joyful Noise.  In the interview, Billie reminisces about her days in Seattle (her former home), reflects upon her love for Donna Summer, and tells us what fellow touring partner Busta Rhymes (of all people) was really like off-stage.

Look for the interview with Hannah Billie of Gossip in tomorrow's print edition (May 25 issue) of the Seattle Gay News, or online at this weekend.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Travaasa Hana celebrates One Year Anniversary with Facebook giveaways

Seattle Gay News, aside from investigative reports, political stories and arts & entertainment features, also covers travel.

In keeping you informed on the travel front, we wish to congratulate our friends at Travaasa Hana (on the island of Maui), as they celebrate a One Year Anniversary this month. 

Featured in our Maui travel story last November (read here: Travaasa Hana is a gorgeous, off-the-beaten-path luxury resort located in the remote town of Hana, Hawaii - about a 90-minute scenic drive from Kahului Airport.  This property is situated on the Eastern tip of the island, allowing guests impeccable views of the ocean and even a glimpse of the Big Island on a clear day.

Travaasa Hana, a gay friendly resort that offers all-inclusive stays (room + meals, spa treatments), is celebrating its first anniversary with Facebook giveaways that include GoPro camera, yoga equipment, wine club membership, boogie board, and the grand prize of a three-night Travaasa Hana total stay for two.  Visit to enter and get more information about this property.

If you're looking for a getaway, a literal 'getting away from it all' destination, here's the place to consider.  It boasts very few tourists, fantastic spa, the ocean at your footsteps, sea cottages with five-star amenities, adults-only outdoor pool with unobstructed views, and even a yoga studio and guided coastal walks to keep you in shape during your vacay.

Seattle Gay News will publish its next Summer Travel Issue in June with original features on Tokyo, Brussels, Port Ludlow and Portland, Oregon.  

Photo: Travaasa Hana's adults-only outdoor pool

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Adam Lambert interviews with Seattle Gay News

He may not have won the grand prize, but Adam Lambert is most definitely an American Idol.

The Grammy-nominated artist will usher out his sophomore album, Trespassing, on May 15.  Two tracks from it have already been released, "Better Than I Know Myself" and "Never Close Our Eyes".

Lambert took time from a hectic schedule to speak with Seattle Gay News recently.  In the interview, printing on May 4, the California native speaks candidly about Freddie Mercury, Josh Hutcherson, the city of Seattle, and pop divas (he names a few of his favorites).

You can pre-order Trespassing and get more information on Adam Lambert by visiting his official website,

Grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News this Friday, or read it online over the weekend at, for a one-on-one chat with Adam Lambert. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

New country music festival to launch outside Seattle

Say "how-Dee!" to Watershed.  Billed as "The Northwest's Premier Country Music Festival", the three-day concert is the newest music event to hatch in or around Seattle.  It's scheduled for August 3-5, 2012

Confirmed to perform at The Gorge Amphitheatre are Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans, Thompson Square, Tracy Lawrence, Reckless Kelly, Kix Brooks, Brantley Gilbert, The Lost Trailers, Steve Holy, Johnny Reid, Uncle Kracker, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Morgan Frazier, and DeeJay Silver.  More performers are rumored to be announced.

Three-day festival passes for just $90.00 will go on sale May 5 at,

Watershed will not only feature performances by the artists mentioned, but will also include late night sets, jam sessions, and impromptu collaborations.  The Gorge Amphitheatre is a two-hour drive from downtown Seattle, and is regarded by fans and musicians as one of the best concert venues in North America.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dierks Bentley plays intimately for Seattle fans on 'Record Store Day'

He looked hot, sounded great, and did I mention he looked hot?

Award-winning country artist Dierks Bentley drew a strong turnout at Easy Street Records this afternoon, a special performance in support of "National Record Store Day".  And, Seattle Gay News was there front and center (actually, front and left).

Wearing tight jeans (thank you!!!), ash-colored T-shirt, navy blue baseball cap and black worn-in boots, Bentley and a full band opened with "Am I The Only One" from his newest album Home.  He followed with the title track from 2009's Feel That Fire

Bentley, currently on tour and performing tonight at Everett Events Center, told the crowd he used to go into Circles record shop in his hometown of Phoenix growing up.  Those memories of listening to records in a small, independent music store inspired him to sneak into Seattle for a 40-minute performance on a stage half the size of his usual dressing room. 

"Up On the Ridge", the title track from his 2010 bluegrass CD, featured great fiddle work from Dan Hochhalter.  After playing the song, Bentley did a 180-degree turn that prompted an audience member to shout "Thanks for turning around"!  She took the words right outta my mouth because Dierks Bentley has the best backside of any country star.

Bentley mentioned to those gathered that years ago he hopped on a flight from Las Vegas to Hawaii to see two of his idols perform together, U2 and Pearl Jam.  Minutes later, he invited Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) to join him on stage for two songs, including a cover version of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers".

Politely, Bentley then said farewell and signed one piece of paper for someone in the front row.  Then he was gone.

Fans either had to purchase a copy of Home or win tickets on the radio to receive a VIP wristband, which allowed them access near the stage.  Generously, Bentley autographed dozens of posters that were handed out individually to everybody as they left the store. 

Seattle Gay News began covering Dierks Bentley and his music since his 2003 self-titled debut.  He returned the favor a few years ago with a one-on-one full interview. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dierks Bentley to perform in Seattle for "Record Store Day"

Country star Dierks Bentley, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News a few years back, will give a special performance in Seattle on April 21.

The acoustic gig will be in honor of the nation-wide "Record Store Day", which aims to support independent record stores around the country. Bentley, a multiple Grammy nominee and CMA Award winner, released his newest album Home earlier this year.

Bentley's appearance at the Queen Anne neighborhood record store will be his first in Seattle since playing the Fox Sports Network Lounge at then-Qwest Field in 2008 (read our review: Previous to that, he's performed at The Showbox Market. He's also performed outside of Seattle, at Everett Events Center and the Puyallup Fair.

More details on Dierks Bentley's upcoming special performance coming soon.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Seattle Gay News heads to Radiohead show tonight, review this Friday

Seattle Gay News will be in attendance for tonight's sold out Radiohead concert at Key Arena, the group's only Northwest appearance on this tour.

The three-time Grammy winners have pioneered the alternative rock scene for over two decades with such classic albums as OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac and last year's The King of Limbs. Their international hit singles include "Creep", "Karma Police", "Airbag", "I Might Be Wrong", "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" and "Lotus Flower".

Lead singer Thom Yorke has also been successful as a solo artist, earning widespread acclaim and a Grammy nomination for 2006's The Eraser, which contained the mesmerizing track "Analyse".

Look for a review of Radiohead's performance in Friday's issue (April 13) of the Seattle Gay News. And, if traveling to Key Arena tonight avoid tragic congestion by taking the monorail from downtown to Seattle Center ($5.00 round-trip).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Young the Giant interview in today's Seattle Gay News

Proving their bigness, Young the Giant are currently on a 46-date sold out national tour. The NorCal pop-rock band, whose second hit single "Cough Syrup" was featured in an emotional scene on Glee's mid-season finale, has grown leaps and bounds in the past year alone.

In December 2011, Seattle Gay News sat down with drummer Francois Comtois backstage at a holiday show. Part of the interview was included in our "Best of Music 2011" issue, and a second portion of the interview prints in this week's edition (April 6 street date). In the interview, Comtois states his opinion on gay marriage and tells us how many pairs of socks and underwear he packs before going on tour.

Young the Giant performs this weekend in Seattle (April 7, Moore Theatre). The concert is sold out.

Watch the group's music video for "Cough Syrup" here:

Friday, March 16, 2012

En Vogue interviews with Seattle Gay News

"Free your mind and the rest will follow. Be color blind, don't be so shallow".

These are the words to "Free Your Mind", one of many fierce hit singles by Grammy-nominated group En Vogue. The trio - Maxine Jones, Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry Ellis (Dawn Robinson is no longer with the act) - are back in the saddle and headed to Seattle for a four night stay at Dimitriou's Jazz Allley (, March 22-25.

Herron-Braggs goes one-on-one with Seattle Gay News in the March 16 issue, telling us some of the songs on next week's set lists and what impact En Vogue's gay fans have had on them all these years.

Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News this weekend and read more about En Vogue.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Seattle Gay News hosts Oscar Party today at Purr

Oscar Sunday has arrived.

Seattle Gay News and Purr have teamed up once again to host an Academy Awards bash, starting today at Purr (1518 11th Avenue) at 4pm.

No cover charge. Free prizes. Multiple flat-screen TVs to watch all the action. Plus, drink specials and good food in a festive, casual environment (no specific dress code).

Everyone is invited, but arrive early for the best seating.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Morgan Page interviews with Seattle Gay News

Grammy-nominated electronic artist and producer Morgan Page, who has mixed records for dozens of artists including Madonna, David Bowie and the B-52's, goes one-on-one with Seattle Gay News in the upcoming February 24 issue.

Headed to the Coachella Festival in April and currently on a headlining tour, Page was reached via email while in Germany and spoke about his forthcoming new album In the Air, the electronic music scene, and what's store for the rest of 2012.

Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News this weekend, or search for it online at, to read our interview with Morgan Page, who performs February 25 at The Showbox Market.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Madonna adds 2nd Seattle concert at Key Arena

Madonna x 2.

The Material Girl has added a second show at Seattle's Key Arena on October 3. Seattle Gay News is awaiting the official press release for ticket details, but from our research it appears pre-sales begin February 14 and general public ticket sales start February 21. If these dates are inconsistent with the tour promoter's press release, we'll post a correction.

Get ready for Madonna-mania on October 2 and 3!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Madonna heading to Seattle on 2012 tour

Seattle Gay News is rejoicing with many Madonna fans around the world because the recent Super Bowl star (sorry, Eli) is set to perform here on October 2, 2012.

The Material Girl will embark on a lengthy tour from May 2012 to early 2013 with included stops in Israel, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, and several dates across the United States and Canada. The tour will reportedly wind down in Australia early next year. It appears that tickets for Madonna's scheduled Seattle concert will go on sale February 13, but we're awaiting an official notice of this.

Below is what appears to be Madonna's tour itinerary:


29-May Tel Aviv, Israel Ramat Gam Stadium On Sale Feb. 10
3-Jun Abu Dhabi Yas Arena On Sale Feb. 27
7-Jun Istanbul, Turkey Turk Telecom Arena On sale soon
11-Jun Zagreb, Croatia Maksimir Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jun Milan, Italy Stadio San Siro On Sale Feb. 13
16-Jun Florence, Italy Stadio Franchi On Sale Feb. 13
20-Jun Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi On Sale Feb. 16
24-Jun Coimbra, Portugal Estadio Cidade de Coimbra On Sale Feb. 11
28-Jun Berlin, Germany O2 Arena On Sale Feb. 13
2-Jul Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium On Sale Feb. 13
4-Jul Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
7-Jul Amsterdam,The Netherlands Ziggo Dome On Sale Feb. 11
12-Jul Brussels, Belgium Stade Roi-Baudouin On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jul Paris, France Stade De France On Sale Feb. 14
17-Jul London, UK Hyde Park On Sale Feb. 10
21-Jul Edinburgh, UK Murrayfield Stadium On Sale Feb. 10
24-Jul Dublin, Ireland Aviva Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
29-Jul Vienna, Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion On Sale Feb. 24
1-Aug Warsaw, Poland National Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
7-Aug Moscow, Russia Olimpiski Arena On sale soon
8-Aug St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena On sale soon
12-Aug Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium On Sale Feb. 14
15-Aug Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena On Sale Feb. 20
18-Aug Zurich, Switzerland Stadion Letzigrund On Sale Feb. 24
21-Aug Nice, France Stade Charles-Erhmann On Sale Feb. 14


28-Aug Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center On Sale Feb. 13
30-Aug Montreal, QC Bell Centre On Sale Feb. 18
1-Sep Quebec City, QC Plains of Abraham Site On Sale Feb. 17
4-Sep Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale Feb. 13
6-Sep New York, NY Yankee Stadium On Sale Feb. 13
10-Sep Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place On Sale Feb. 13
12-Sep Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On Sale Feb. 13
15-Sep Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall On Sale Feb. 27
19-Sep Chicago, IL United Center On Sale Feb. 13
23-Sep Washington, D.C. Verizon Center On Sale Feb. 13
29-Sep Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena On Sale Feb. 13
2-Oct Seattle, WA Key Arena On Sale Feb. 13
6-Oct San Jose, CA HP Pavilion On Sale Feb. 13
10-Oct Los Angeles, CA Staples Center On Sale Feb. 13
13-Oct Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand On Sale Feb. 27
16-Oct Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center On Sale Feb. 27
20-Oct Dallas, TX American Airlines Center On Sale Feb. 27
24-Oct Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale Feb. 27
27-Oct New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena On Sale Mar. 5
30-Oct Kansas City, MO Sprint Center On Sale Mar. 5
1-Nov St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center On Sale Mar. 5
3-Nov St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center On Sale Feb. 27
10-Nov Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena On Sale Mar. 5
15-Nov Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena On Sale Mar. 5
17-Nov Atlanta, GA Philips Arena On Sale Mar. 5
TBC Miami, FL To Be Confirmed On Sale Soon

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Switzerland "Gay Ski Week", Seattle Gay News is there

Ahhh....Switzerland. The land of decadent cheese and chocolate, trendy watches, muesli and ski resort disco parties.

Yes, happening now way up in the Swiss mountains - in the resort town of Arosa, to be exact - is "Arosa Gay Ski Week". A week-long, fun-packed event that gathers fabulous skiers throughout Europe, North America and other parts of the world.

Seattle Gay News writer Jerry L. Peerson is in Arosa now, taking in the 'scenery' and experiencing the snowy slopes of this treasured winter, and summer, resort area. He'll summarize "Arosa Gay Ski Week" in the January 20 issue of the SGN, and will share his overall thoughts on traveling to Switzerland, including stops in Zurich and Lucerne, in our Spring Travel issue (late March tentative date).

For more on this event, visit

Pictured: Arosa, Switzerland (as captured by SGN writer Jerry L. Peerson)

Seattle Gay News announces "Best of Travel 2011"

Going somewhere? Maybe we can help with a recommendation or two.

Seattle Gay News travel writers made numerous trips last year, from South Asia to the Caribbean to the bayou capital of New Orleans. From the many places we visited, and the hotels, restaurants and bars we experienced along the way, here's our picks for the "Best of Travel 2011". (Pictured: Barcelo Bavaro Hotel Deluxe).


1 Andaz San Diego - San Diego, California USA
2 Aria Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
3 Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4 Bourbon Orleans Hotel - New Orleans, Louisiana USA
5 Fairmont Chateau Laurier - Ottawa, ON Canada
6 Hyatt at Olive 8 - Seattle, Washington USA
7 Scarborough Fair B&B - Baltimore, Maryland USA
8 The Kahala Hotel & Resort - Honolulu, Hawaii USA
9 The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas - Lahaina, Hawaii USA
10 The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, Arizona USA


1 Altos de Chavon - La Romana, Dominican Republic
2 American Visionary Art Museum - Baltimore, Maryland USA
3 Ayutthaya Historical Park - Ayutthaya, Thailand
4 Dolphin Quest, at The Kahala Hotel & Resort - Honolulu, Hawaii USA
5 Canadian War Museum - Ottawa, ON Canada
6 Cemetery Voodoo Tour - New Orleans, Louisiana USA
7 Chiang-Dao Elephant Training Center - Chiang Mai, Thailand
8 Granville Island - Vancouver BC, Canada
9 Honolulu Academy of the Arts/The Contemporary Museum - Honolulu, Hawaii USA
10 Living with Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond exhibit, at the Louisiana State Museum - New Orleans, Louisiana USA
11 Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, Arizona USA
12 National Gallery of Canada - Ottawa, ON Canada
13 Old Town Trolley Tours - San Diego, California USA
14 Sunset Horseback Trail Ride, at The Stables (Turtle Bay Resort) - Kahuku, Hawaii USA
15 Taipei 101 Observatory - Taipei, Taiwan
16 USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum - San Diego, California USA
17 The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON Canada
18 Vancouver Sea Plane Tour - Vancouver, BC Canada
19 Viva Elvis, at Aria Resort & Spa - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
20 Wailele Polynesian Luau, at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa - Lahaina, Hawaii USA


1 808 Grinds (food cart) - Portland, Oregon USA
2 AK's Cafe - Wailuku, Hawaii USA
3 Antoines Restaurant - New Orleans, Louisiana USA
4 Celestial Natural Foods - Haleiwa, Hawaii USA
5 The Court of Two Sisters - New Orleans, Louisiana USA
6 Courtyard Restaurant - Ottawa, ON Canada
7 Din Tai Fung (Zhongxiao Branch) - Taipei, Taiwan
8 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon USA
9 Hofbrauhaus - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
10 Judas Goat Taberna - Vancouver BC, Canada
11 Julian Serrano, at Aria Resort & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
12 Moxie's Classic Grill (on Davie) - Vancouver, BC Canada
13 The Original, A Dinerant - Portland, Oregon USA
14 Quarter Kitchen, at Andaz San Diego - San Diego, California USA
15 Ruem Mai Horm - Chiang Mai, Thailand
16 St. Francis - Phoenix, Arizona USA
17 SWB - Scottsdale, Arizona USA
18 Thompson Bar and Restaurant (at Jim Thompson House) - Bangkok, Thailand
19 The Whole Earth Restaurant - Chiang Mai, Thailand
20 ZenKitchen - Ottawa, ON Canada


1 Celebrities Nightclub - Vancouver, BC Canada
2 City Cafe - Baltimore, Maryland USA
3 Delta Sky Club (at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) - SeaTac, Washington USA
4 The Driftwood Room - Portland, Oregon USA
5 Ivy Wine Bar, at Andaz San Diego - San Diego, California USA
6 Mr. Rain's Fun House - Baltimore, Maryland USA
7 Oasis Ultra Lounge - Vancouver, BC Canada
8 Paniolo Lounge (at Travaasa Hana) - Hana, Hawaii USA
9 Paymon's Hookah Lounge - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
10 Piranha Nightclub / 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
11 Silverado - Portland, Oregon USA
12 Telephone Pub, Restaurant & Karaoke - Bangkok, Thailand
13 Urbane - Seattle, Washington USA
14 The Veranda (at The Kahala Hotel & Resort) - Honolulu, Hawaii USA
15 ZuZu Lounge - Scottsdale, Arizona USA